Monday, February 14, 2011


Jaded Ibis Press, full-spectrum publisher, who is bringing out cool books by Lily Hoang, David Hoenigman, John Dermot Woods/J.A. Tyler, Janice Lee, Anna Joy Springer, Christopher Grimes, and me (BLANK, w/ tracks from Dj Spooky), got the grand treatment in last week.

Go, Debra Di Blasi.
Also, BLANK caused some discussion in two strands at, from posts initiated by Roxane Gay and Christopher Higgs, respectively.

Friday, January 14, 2011

BLANK: Spring 2011 appearances, readings, etc

BLANK, new from Jaded Ibis Press, March 2011
DRAIN, sort-of-new from Northwestern U Press, June 2010

Upcoming appearances:

January, 27 / 7 pm
1103 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago 60622

AWP Off-Site
Embassy of Ukraine, 3350 M Street N.W., Washington, DC 20007
Kindly RSVP to

AWP Off-Site
Table X
Friday, Feb 4, 7 pm
Ugly Duckling Presse, Barrelhouse, Futurepoem & Greying Ghost, SUPERMACHINE, Sidebrow, Jaded Ibis Press, Poor Claudia, Les Figues Press, Small Fires Press, Lunar Chandelier, Counterpath Press, Projective Industries & DoubleCross Press

Series A
Davis Schneiderman and Cris Mazza
All readings are free and open to the public, run from 7:00-8:00 p.m., and are held at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Avenue Chicago, IL. (map it)

University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP)
Visiting Artist/Scholar
March 9-11
9-11 rue de Constantine
75340 Paris Cedex 07, France
téléphone +33 (0) 1 44 11 73 83/76 fax +33 (0) 1 45 50 31 55
Chicago Publishers Gallery
with Gina Frangello, Cris Mazza, Davis Schneiderman, and Zoe Zolbrod.
Wednesday, March 30 / 6-8 pm
Chicago Publishers Gallery
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., 4th floor
Chicago, IL 60602

{readings that play with reading}
with Lidia Yuknavitch, Cris Mazza, Davis Schneiderman
Saturday, April 2 / 7 pm
curated by
Laura Goldstein & Jennifer Karmin
at Outer Space Studio
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave, 3rd floor

So You Think You Have Nerves of Steel!
with Josh Corey.
Tuesday, April 5 / 8 pm
Hungry Brain,
2319 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago

UC San Diego
Details TBA
Tuesday, April 12

Google Earth project with Teresa Carmody and Alexandra Chasin

Tuesday, May 3 / 6:30 pm
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
New School
Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Sunday, September 5, 2010

DRAIN world tour 2010: upcoming fall dates

September 12 (Sunday): The Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor, MI, 7:00 pm

w/ Cris Mazza / Davis Scheiderman / Zoe Zolbrod / Gina Frangello /

The Neutral Zone

310 E. Washington

Ann Arbor, MI

September 13 (Monday): Cherry Bomb Series, 6:30 pm (door), Grand Rapids, MI, 7:00 pm

w Cris Mazza / Davis Schneiderman / Zoe Zolbrod / Gina Frangello /

Corez Neighborhood Eatery & Bar

919 Cherry Street

Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 855-2310

September 14 (Tuesday): The Ways of Connecting the Floor to the Ceiling, Chicago, 7:30 pm

Spoke Chicago
119 N. Peoria
Unit 3D
Chicago, IL, 60607

September 18 (Saturday): Center for Inquiry, Chicago, 7:00-11:00 pm

Part of "On Deities, Doctrines, Superstitions and Other Things to Die For"

In Wicker Park at "St. Paul's" Cultural Center

2215 W. North Ave.

Chicago, IL

September 19 (Sunday): What to Wear During an Orange Alert Series, Chicago, 6 pm


2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

September 27 (Monday): Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 8 PM

Engineering Auditorium EB 110

Binghamton University

State University of New York
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

September 28 (Tuesday): University at Buffalo/Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY, 7 pm

Exhibit X: Fiction and Prose

341 Delaware Ave.

Buffalo, NY 14202

716 854 1694

October 24-ish (Sunday), The Nervous Breakdown, Chicago TBA

November 5 (Friday), at Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI, 7pm

w Cris Mazza / Davis Schneiderman / Zoe Zolbrod / Gina Frangello /

2559 N. Downer Ave at Webster Place

Milwaukee WI 53211

November 10 (Wednesday): University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, 7:30 pm

Hammes Bookstore

University of Notre Dame Catalog

1610 N Ironwood

South Bend, IN 46635

(574) 287-6954

November 11 (Thursday): Central Michigan University, Mt, Pleasant, MI, exact time and location TBA

1200 South Franklin Street
Mt Pleasant, MI 48859-0001
(989) 774-4000

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Davis Schneiderman's DRAIN Book Sink (Not Launch) Party

Davis Schneiderman is releasing his new novel, Drain, at his book launch sink party at the Part Time Gallery (5219 N. Clark. 3rd Floor) on July 31st.

And even better...there will be performances or readings by Steve Tomasula, Cookies & MILF (aka Kelly Haramis & Jennifer Boxrud), Don Share, John Beer, Rebekah Silverman and Tadd Adcox (reading a piece by Fred Sasaki). Artwork by Elizabeth Birnbaum, Karen Larson, Eli Robb and Mai Wagner.

The Gallery is also hosting the exhibit DISCARD in conjunction with the Book Sink Party. The art exhibit will open July 30th and feature pieces by Book Sink Party presenters and other local artists.

Doors open at 7:00 pm to a room full of entertaining art and artful entertainment.

FREE wine, free autographs, free love, free tiaras and freedom of speech.

Schedule (with special surprises throughout):

7:45: Steve Tomasula

8:20 Cookies and MILF: Kelly Haramis & Jennifer Boxrud

9:00 Don Share // John Beer

10:00: from Artifice Magazine: Rebekah Silverman & Tadd Adcox

10:40: Davis Schneiderman


Davis Schneiderman is a multimedia artist and writer and the author and editor of eight books, including the novels Drain (TriQuarterly/Northwestern) and Abecedarium (Chiasmus) and the forthcoming blank novel, Blank: a novel (Jaded Ibis); the co-edited collections Retaking the Universe: Williams S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization (Pluto) and The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game (Nebraska); as well as the audiocollage Memorials to Future Catastrophes (Jaded Ibis). His creative work has appeared in numerous publications including Fiction International, The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, and Exquisite Corpse. He is Chair of the English Department at Lake Forest College, and also Director of Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books. He edits The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing. He can be found, virtually, at



James Tadd Adcox is the editor-in-chief of Artifice Magazine ( His own work has been published or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse, PANK, Mid-American Review, and Quick Fiction, among other

places. He lives in Chicago.


John Beer’s first book, The Waste Land and Other Poems, has just been published. Appearing in some fine literary magazines, he writes on theater for Time Out Chicago.


Born and raised in Texas, Jen fled to Colorado, where she majored in Broadcast Journalism. Now she's a nurse. Jen gets bored easily. As a child, Jen entertained friends and family (ok, herself) by giving her stuffed animals voices and personalities. As a grownup, Jen realized she needed more Playtime and began her Improv journey. And by "journey," I mean she opened a box of wine, Googled "Second City," drank said box of wine, thought, 'Hey, I love Improv! And boxed wine!' Then Jen clicked the "Sign Me Up" box and entered her 12-digit credit card number. Oh, and the three-digit security code on the back. Which, after a box of wine, is kinda hard to find. Jen is awfully glad she made friends with Kelly on the playground.


A former Chicago Tribune reporter and editor, Kelly Haramis is a freelance writer and improv student at the Second City Conservatory and IO in Chicago, who is working on her first one-woman show. She spends the other 23 hours of her day running after her daughters Athena, 4, and Kallista, 3.


Don Share is Senior Editor of Poetry magazine. His books include Squandermania, Union, The Traumatophile, and Seneca in English. Forthcoming are: a new book of poems, Wishbone, Bunting’s Persia, and a critical edition of Basil Bunting’s poems. His translations of Miguel Hernández, collected in I Have Lots of Heart, were awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize, the Premio Valle Inclán, and the PEN/New England Discovery Award. He has been Poetry Editor of Harvard Review and Partisan Review, the editor of Literary Imagination, and the curator of poetry at Harvard University.


Rebekah Silverman is the managing editor of Artifice Magazine, which can be found in better-quality bookstores and online at She is also the Director of Resource Development at Growing Home, a Chicago non-profit, where she sends emails and writes grants. Rebekah can be found online at


Steve Tomasula is the author of the novels VAS: An Opera in Flatland; IN & OZ; The Book of Portraiture; and most recently, TOC: A New-Media Novel, a multimedia novel about time, published on DVD (FC2/University of Alabama Press), which received this year’s Mary Shelly Award for Excellence in Fiction. His short fiction and essays on literature and art have appeared widely, and include stories in McSweeney's, American Arts & Letters, and The Iowa Review. In Chicago, he lives 3 blocks from this gallery, and is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Notre Dame.



Elizabeth is the program coordinator for Environmental Studies at Lake Forest College. She graduated from Lake Forest in 2008 with a degree in Art History and Psychology. After college, she moved to Brazil, learned Portuguese, then came back to Chicago, where she went on to work for the Burnham Centennial.

Beyond that, Elizabeth’s life can now be completely traced through the blog site, tumblr. This summer she is the project manager for the campus garden ( She is one of four co-owners of the Part Time Gallery in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood ( She also fancies herself to be a multimedia artist ( and an art collector (


Karen Larson is a senior at Lake Forest College where she is majoring in English creative writing and minoring in theatre. Since the age of five, she has been entranced by the art world, working extensively in theatre, dance, music, film, and writing and has more recently delved into photography. She is originally from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and just returned from a semester abroad in South Africa. After graduation plans are anything but solidified--throw out the net and see what comes back.


Eli Robb is an inter-media artist, living in Evanston, IL. He is originally from California and has always been interested in art, among many other subjects. Eli received his B.A. with honors in Art Practice from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 and is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Lake Forest College. Eli has recently exhibited sculpture, video, installation, and performance work in venues in and around Chicago. His work approaches everyday objects and subject matter with serious formal considerations and a playful resignation to the absurdity of both art and life.

Technical Assistant: Niharika Jain


Mai is an artist living in Chicago. He spends most days chasing after his 4 year old daughter while reading, writing and creating art. It’s a busy day…

Monday, June 7, 2010

Drain world tour 2010

What follows is a list of appearances in support of my new novel Drain (TriQuarterly/Northwestern University Press). If you would be interested in having me read, live or via Skype, please get in touch here.

The novel details a near-past-then-future in which Lake Michigan empties of water — becoming an endless desert. A disenfranchised population that worships an arcane “World Worm” moves in, and the Quadrilateral Commission, a planned-community corporation, gradually supplants these people with towns not unlike Disney’s Celebration, Florida.

Yet all are not so easily supplanted. A partisan leader working against the Quadrilateral communities where she was born, the charismatic Dial-Up Networking leads the Blackout Angels gang in paramilitary activities. A second protagonist, the perpetually coughing Quadrilateral employee Washington Jefferson Lincoln Qui, combs the wasteland of old Lake Michigan in search of the memory of his burned sister, whom he knows now only as “blank hiss at the tape-end.”

I am also lucky to have great blurbs from Cris Mazza, Lance Olsen, Michael Joyce, Steve Tomasula, and Doug Rice. The book also has a critical afterword from Megan Milks.

Find Drain at Northwestern or Amazon.

June 4 (Friday), via Skype, "The Importance of Independents," Los Angeles, 7:30 pm

w Harold Abramowitz / Teresa Carmody / Alexandra Chasin / Gina Frangello / Davis Schneiderman / Mathew Timmons

a reading at w o r d s p a c e
3191 Casitas Avenue, #156 / Los Angeles, 90039

June 13 (Sunday), Printers Row Book Fair, Chicago, 4pm

Center Stage

"Chicago: The New Indie Publishing Capital" with Cris Mazza / Davis Schneiderman / Zoe Zolbrod / Gina Frangello / Moderated by Jonathan Messinger

June 16 (Wednesday), The Book Cellar, Local Author Night, Chicago, 7pm

w Cris Mazza / Davis Schneiderman / Zoe Zolbrod / Gina Frangello /

4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

773 293-2665

June 17 (Thursday), Big Other reading, Green Lantern (map), Chicago, 7 pm

w/ Davis Schneiderman, Kathleen Rooney, Rob Stephenson, Cris Mazza, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Jac Jamc, A D Jameson

Green Lantern

2542 W. Chicago Ave.

Chicago, IL

July 13 (Tuesday): Quickies! Chicago, 7:30 pm

w/ Davis Schneiderman / Alex Bonner / Jason Bredle / Allison Gruber / Chris Bower / Rebekah Silverman / Jill Summers /

Devin King

1935 W Thomas St.
(between Winchester Ave & Damen Ave)
Chicago, IL 60622

Neighborhood: Ukrainian Village

(773) 235-9795

July 22 (Thursday): Live from Prairie Lights, Iowa City, 7:00 pm

w Cris Mazza / Davis Schneiderman / Zoe Zolbrod / Gina Frangello /

Prairie Lights Books Store

15 South Dubuque Street.

Iowa City, IA 52240



August ?, TBA: The Nervous Breakdown series, Chicago

September 13 (Monday): Cherry Bomb Series, 6:30 pm (door), Grand Rapids, 7:00 pm

w Cris Mazza / Davis Schneiderman / Zoe Zolbrod / Gina Frangello /

Corez Neighborhood Eatery & Bar

919 Cherry Street

Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 855-2310

September 19 (Sunday): What to Wear During an Orange Alert Series, Chicago


2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

September 27 (Monday): Binghamton University

More dates, TBA

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Un-Death of the Author and other work

My review of Raymond Federman’s The Carcasses appears in the current issue of American Book Review, and can also be found here.

My work appears in several forms in The Mad Bunkers’ Review, a mash-up issue of two journals, Mad Hatters’ Review and Bunk magazine. 1) his mash-up of Karen Garthe’s “Hotel Sleep” and “Old City” and Melanie Brown’s “Matt dillon microfiche, ”with Joe Bisz, called “The Quick and the Lead.” 2) my longer mash-up with Megan Milks, of their own work, called “She is Hovering.”

I also launched a new project, “The Un-Death of the Author,” at Seven Corners poetry blog--run by the very cool Steve Halle--with two pieces,
Tyger Tyger” and “Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment.” Sounds familiar?

I'll write more about the Un-Death project as it develops

Monday, April 19, 2010

New stuff

1) My review of Raymond Federman's _The Carcasses_ appears in the current _American Book Review_:

2) AWP hijinks with long rope threaded through the crowd: